Hanging a wreath on your door over the holidays is traditional, but will your wreath be the usual one that you buy from the store or something more interesting? Making your own wreath is easy and has the advantages of being unique and costing almost nothing. So save your money and follow the advice of Kym Pokomy whose article over at the Oregon State University contains all you need to know to help you create your own amazing and unique holiday wreath.
Wreaths hung on the door with care call out a festive ?Happy Holidays.?
Share that message in a special way by making your own circle of cheer with plants clipped from the garden or gathered from friends and neighbors.
?A good part of the fun of making your own wreath is going around the neighborhood, collecting plants and talking to people,? said Susan Hoffman, who has been a master gardener with Oregon State University?s Extension Service since 2012.
Be sure, she added, to ask before you clip.
At the entry to almost every store, simple wreaths are stacked up for sale. They?re made with some greenery, a bow and perhaps a lonely pinecone. And they?re not cheap. Those fashioned by your own hands cost almost nothing and are limited only by imagination and available plants.
Some of the plants used at a recent master gardener wreath-making affair at the Benton County Fairgrounds included long-lasting selections like traditional Douglas fir, fragrant incense cedar and red-berried holly. Other types of fir and cedar, as well as yew, blue spruce, boxwood, laurel and lavender were there for the taking. For color, texture and berries, the wreath-makers added nandina, pyracantha and purple beautyberry. Of course, there are many other options.